In two recent studies, flame retardants, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), were found in the serum of both pet dogs and cats. The most recent study, published this April in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, found concentrations of PBDE’s in the blood of dogs to be 5 to 10 times the concentration found in people. In a 2007 study of cats, the concentration of PBDE’s was found to be 20-100 times the concentration found in humans. This high level of PBDE’s has been linked to disease in cats.
some of its products. The recalled products may have less than adequate levels of thiamine. Cat
owners should stop feeding it immediately and feed from a different batch or a different food. This
food is NOT poisonous to cats, and no cats have been reported to be affected.
If they would like to read the recall letter they can go to: http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/letter.aspx
The lots involved in this voluntary recall are:
Wellness Canned Cat (all flavors and sizes) with best by dates from 14APR 13 through 30SEP13;
Wellness Canned Cat Chicken & Herring (all sizes) with best by date of 10NOV13 and 17NOV13.
If you have cat food from these lots, you should stop feeding it to your cats. You may call WellPet at 1-
877-227-9587 to arrange for return of the product and reimbursement.
We are often asked , “why does our cat need a Rabies shot? It never goes out!”. The short answer is, it’s the law! According to the state laws of both New Hampshire and Massachusetts, ALL cats are required to be immunized against Rabies. This law is enacted to protect us, the cat owning public, from Rabies, not necessarily your cat. Vaccinating our pets, gives us a buffer from the wild animals that can carry Rabies and could interact with our pets. So, what are the chances of your cat being exposed to Rabies? Hopefully not too likely, but all cats are at risk. The statistics for MA and NH show that there is always a possible exposure, even for indoor cats, through bats or rodents. Here are the numbers for 2009:
MA 130 total cases NH 34 Total cases
9 cats 2 cats
1 sheep/goat 2 sheep/goats
60 raccoons 12 raccoons
21 bats 6 bats
21 skunks 8 skunks
11 fox 4 fox
Did you notice that there are NO dogs on the list? Dog owners are more likely to vaccinate than cat owners. Cat owners just don’t think their cat is at risk, and cats are receiving less Veterinary care than in the past. All cats, if they are well enough, should be immunized against Rabies. Talk to your veterinarian about it and make sure that your cat and YOU are protected!
August 16, 2010
Dr Bob (Carlson) has dedicated the past 30 years to the care of cats.